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Friday, 29 August 2014

"Beauregarde, Be Proud"

Special Issue: "Beauregarde, Be Proud"

Beauregarde the grumpy bunny does his part for charity...

Notes and References:

This issue was created to further highlight the work of charities involved with Motor Neurone Disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

People around the globe are taking part in "The Ice Bucket Challenge" and donating generously so I thought one of my characters should do the same.

To find out more about the challenge and some of the organisations it supports please check out the following links- 

If you would like to get involved and donate then please go to one or more of the following links-

You can also text ICED14 £5 (or £10) to 70070 to make sure your donation is used in Scotland.

No grumpy bunnies were harmed in the making of this comic (Please do not make any rabbits take part in the challenge as they will get a cold)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

"Zugzwang By Zero"

Issue#63: "Zugzwang By Zero"

Beauregarde is a sore loser...  

Notes and References:

Zero and Beauregarde play a game of Chess. Emily Hair mentioned to Zero that Beauregarde was good at Chess in issue#61: "Pookananny Hootenanny".

Beauregarde continues to be able to see Pookas and be heard by Pookas. This connection was first established in issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde".

This is the fourth appearance of the character Nephew Zero who has been appearing for the entire month of August as it is "Pooka-Month".

"Zugzwang" is a situation in Chess where one player is put at a disadvantage by being forced to make a move against their initial strategy. Zugzwang is a German word that means "compulsion to move".

Zero won the Chess game by putting Beauregarde in Zugzwang. 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

"Gremlin and Proud" Sunday Special

Sunday Special: "Gremlin and Proud" 

Emily Hair tries to help Bancroft...

Notes and references:

The title is a reference to the real Emily Hair's sort of "catchphrase"- "Mutant and Proud" which itself is a line from X-Men: First Class, a superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn in 2011.

Emily Hair attempts to cheer Bancroft up by wearing a gremlin suit of her own. Emily Hair's suit is meant to resemble Loaker Banks.

Bancroft is still stuck in his gremlin suit. He has been wearing it since issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

One of Kathy Dudbert's destroy love heart tree carvings can be seen in the last panel of this Sunday Special Strip.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

"The Woodlands of Forgotten Imaginary Friends"

Issue#62: "The Woodlands of Forgotten Imaginary Friends"

Barnaby and Loaker inadvertently take Feigenbaum and Zero to the Woodlands of Forgotten Imaginary Friends....

Notes and References:

In this issue, Barnaby mentions that his father Mr.Banks used to tell him that all his imaginary friends had gone away to live in the woods. This is similar to the common parental lie about the family dog going to live on the farm (when in reality it has died).

It is worth noting that this is a separate wood to the usual wooded area that the characters are occasionally seen in.

All the faces that Feigenbaum and Zero see in the woods are meant to be slightly similar in appearance to Feigenbaum.

This is the third appearance of Nephew Zero who is appearing in all of the main August strips as part of "Pooka-Month".

Sunday, 17 August 2014

"The Boy In The Barnaby Suit" Sunday Special

Sunday Special: "The Boy In The Barnaby Suit"

Bancroft is mistaken for Barnaby by Aldbug and Cecil...

Notes and References:

Bancroft has been wearing the gremlin suit created by Kathy Dudbert since in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

In issue#61: "Pookananny Hootenanny" Bancroft mentions to Barnaby that the suit's zip is stuck and he is now trapped in it.

Aldbug and Cecil Lobings last appeared in issue#50: "Battle of the Barnabys" Part Two which was the penultimate issue of "The Doppleganger Saga". In the saga, The pair of Goblin bullies teamed up with the psychotic Bartleby to destroy Barnaby. They were last seen running away after Bartleby was defeated by the Pooka Feigenbaum.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

"Pookananny Hootenanny"

Issue#61: "Pookananny Hootenanny" 

Emily Hair arranges a welcome party for Nephew Zero...

Notes and References: 

A hootenanny is a Scottish word meaning "Celebration" and/or "Party". However the party above appears to be more of a gathering according to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Dead man's Party" in which the character Oz defines a gathering, a shindig and a finally a hootenanny. It was that episode that helped create the title of this strip.

This is the first issue in which Kathy Dudbert wears a purple jumper instead of her usual green jumper.

It is also the first issue that sees her try and make it in the dumpling business with her "Dudbert Dumplings". The idea to have Kathy make and sell dumplings comes from a dream I had about the real "Kathy Dudbert" selling homemade dumplings in Spitalfields Market in London.

This is the second issue to feature Feigenbaum's nephew Zero who is appearing in all of the August Pooka based strips.

Emily Hair states that according to Feigenbaum, Beauregarde the grumpy bunny is good at Chess.
Zero remarks that he will have to play him at some point, Indicating that Zero is also a keen Chess player.

Zero calls Emily Hair "Miss. Hair", This is a reference to the real life "Emily Hair" and her work at the Nursery

Several points are made in this issue regarding who can see Feigenbaum and Zero- Loaker and Emily Hair can see them both, Barnaby is either aware of their existence or just goes along with it due to his experiences in the "Doppelganger Saga", Bancroft can't see either of them and is seemingly unaware of pookas in general and Kathy Dudbert is just happy to have an event to sell her dumplings.

Bancroft is still in the Barnaby suit. The zip has broken and he is trapped in the suit. He originally put the suit on in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy" so that he could go on a date with Kathy Dudbert.

All the main characters in the banner of the weekly strip are in this issue.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

"The Pooka's Nephew"

Issue#60: "The Pooka's Nephew"

Feigenbaum gains an extended family when his Nephew Zero comes to stay in Moloch Falls....  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to the 1955 children's book "The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis. It was the sixth book published in "The Chronicles of Narnia" series but it serves as a prequel to the main series. As such it is typically placed in chronological order whenever in a complete volume of the book collection. 

In this issue, We discover several things about Feigenbaum-

1.- His first name is Fasil. The character has only ever been known as Feigenbaum, Which turns out to be his surname.

2.- He has a family which includes his brother Marlo Feigenbaum, His sister-in-law Peggy (Not mentioned in the strip but in the original script) and his young nephew Zero. They all appear to reside in Ammon Hills, A rival town to Moloch Falls.

3.- Feigenbaum states that he was unsure if he had a family or not due to his status as an imaginary creature.

This is the first appearance of Nephew Zero who is set to appear in several upcoming Pooka themed issues. He has appeared in the banner of the site since issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde"

In the letter from his brother Marlo, An annual Pooka Conference in Polpegan is mentioned. In reality Polpegan is a french word meaning Pooka.

Emily Hair, Like Loaker, has always been shown as being capable of seeing Feigenbaum. This "ability" appears to be extended to all pookas as she is able to see Zero.

Emily Hair last appeared in issue#53: "No Country For Barnaby Banks".

Feigenbaum last appeared in issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde"